Often considered as one of the greatest sports car created, the Porsche 911 has been the centrepiece from the German automobile maker founded by Ferdinand Porsche. The 911 was showcased as the successor to the 356, and in 1963, the first prototype was unveiled at Frankfurt IAA Motor Show as 901, which was eventually renamed 911 after its launch in 1964. In 1966, Porsche presented the 911 S and the Targa. Nicknamed the ‘Ducktail’, the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1972 - it weighed less than a ton. This was the world’s first rear spoiler production vehicle. Commemorating the launch of the sports car of this sportscar, TAG Heuer unveiled two limited edition chronographs – the TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 Red Edition limited to 250 pieces, and TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 Blue Edition limited to 500 pieces.
The 1972 Porsche 911 on which the collection is based on Unveiled in 27 colours, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was reminiscent of the 1970s. The Carrera name itself commemorates Porsche’s success in the Carrera Panamericana race. Porsche made only 1,500 911 RS 2.7 models in blue and red, and these colours were displayed on the side panels of the cars painted in white with large ‘Carrera’ decals. Similarly, TAG Heuer has painted ‘Carrera’ on the sides of the new watches. Applying a two-tone touch, the 42mm watches are based on the Carrera Chronograph with a tricompax layout, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock, a small seconds indicator at 6 o’clock; just below it lies a date window with a white background and black numerals. The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 had a powerful 210 horsepower engine, similar to that is the in-house movement, the Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic movement with 80 hours of power reserve. The stainless steel version gets a monochromatic tone with a two tone dial
The stainless steel variant (Ref. CBN2016.EB0275) gets a stainless steel bezel, blue lacquered chronograph hands, rhodium-plated hour, minute hands with white Super-LumiNova®, and a blue polished central hand on a blue-white dial with bar-shaped stainless steel hour markers, and a Roman numeral 12 o’clock. There are two stainless steel pushers at 2 o’clock, and 4 o’clock to start and restart the chronograph function respectively with a stainless steel crown at 3 o’clock.
The Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic movement delivers an 80 hours of power reserve. Stainless steel continues on the transparent caseback that gets the engraving of ‘TAG Heuer x Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Limited Edition’. The highlight here is the stainless steel oscillating weight that replicates the steering wheel of the legendary sports car with the engraving of ‘TAG Heuer’ and ‘Porsche’, with the engraving of the individual watch number out of 500. The watch gets either a stainless steel bracelet or a fabric strap with ‘Carrera’ embossing in blue. The 250 piece limited edition watch gets a red and white dial with Carrera Logo
The next version is the rose gold version (Ref. CBN2045.FC8316), here the more luxurious watch gets red and white tone counters, red lacquered hands for its 3 o’ clock and 9 o’clock counters while the 6 o’clock second indicator gets rose gold coloured hand. Rose gold colour can also be found on the hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova® and red polished central hand at 6 o’clock on an 18K rose gold polished case.
The red gold polished case watch gets an oscillating weight resembling 911's steering wheel
To maintain its more luxury aesthetics, the watch gets rose gold chronograph pushers with an 18K rose gold crown at 3 o’clock and ‘Carrera’ engraving on the left side of the brushed/polished gold case. Turning the watch reveals the sapphire crystal screw-down caseback in solid pink gold with the engraving of the individual watch number out of 250. There is only one strap option, a red alligator strap with a rose gold pin buckle.
The rose gold watch gets chronograph pushers in the same metal
Both the stainless steel variant and rose gold version get a water resistance of 100m.
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